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BNI Achievers help to raise over £700 for Chestnut Tree House.

By Heather Joy

The Achievers BNI group based at the Holbrook Club in Horsham, got fully behind their president’s charity fundraising challenge and helped him to raise over £700 for Chestnut Tree House.


Enlisting the help of group member Debbie Pickles from Beauty Works in Horsham, Chris Cooper from Seofon Business Services committed himself to raising funds for the charity, who provide support and care for children with life limiting conditions, by announcing to the group that he was going to have a full body wax!


The members of BNI Achievers fully supported the challenge as part of their groups drive to give something back to the communities they work in, and leaflets were designed by Sam Elsden from Beest Creative before being printed by JR Print free of charge, in order to promote the challenge further.  The group then used the power of networking to spreading the word to a wide range of local business groups.


Jayne Todd, Community Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House said, “We are so grateful to Chris for taking on this fantastic challenge. We need to raise £6,850 every day to pay for all our specialist care services, and without people like Chris we simply wouldn’t be able to continue helping local children with life-shortening conditions and their families. I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported and sponsored him.”


Debbie put Chris at ease before commencing the two hours of waxing, with Jayne Todd & Katy Finlay from Chestnut Tree House along with Sarah McNeil from Chiropratical in Billingshurst who was involved in the inception of the plan, being on hand to give moral support and to try not to laugh too much!


Having completed, and at times endured the task, Chris said “The evening was full of laughter and the worst part was probably the anticipation of that first strip being done.  Yes, it did hurt, but was tolerable for the brief period it lasted each time. However, as the evening wore on it did get harder.”


The evening passed in high spirits, with Debbie providing the team with a welcome glass of cold bubbly to celebrate at the end.

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